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Heart and lung transplantation in the paediatric and neonatal population: the current era 

Heart and lung transplantation in the paediatric and neonatal population: the current era
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Heart and lung transplantation in the paediatric and neonatal population: the current era
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Mazen Faden

and Elod Szabo

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199651429.003.0034
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date: 22 August 2019

Attempts at paediatric heart and lung transplantation have followed adult transplantation relatively quickly. However, challenges specific to the paediatric population have held progress back for several decades. Continuing advancement in several branches of transplant medicine, including surgical technique, perfusion strategies, recipient selection, and immunosuppression, and the parallel evolution of dedicated transplant teams have made heart transplantation the standard therapy in paediatric end-stage heart failure, and lung transplantation a viable therapeutic option for end-stage lung disease in children. Anaesthesia for these children at the extreme end of a life-threatening disease process is tremendously challenging and rewarding at the same time.

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